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28    Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Reference —Regulation of mobility scooters

Senator Williams, also on behalf of the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 September 2018:

The need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs, including:

               (a)       the number of deaths and injuries attributed to accidents involving mobility scooters in Australia since their introduction;

               (b)       the causes of these accidents;

                (c)       any current regulations governing the use of mobility scooters throughout Australia;

               (d)       comparison of Australian regulations with international standards;

                (e)       what support structures are in place to ensure the safe operation of mobility scooters;

                (f)       the regulatory role of government and non-government bodies; and

                (g)       any related matter.

Statements by leave : Senators Williams and Hinch, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.